Ballet Ireland presents a new version of Giselle, a haunting story of love and betrayal, choreographed by one of Europe’s foremost emerging choreographers, former Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela.
The ballet tells the tale of Giselle who, betrayed by Albrecht, dies broken hearted – but her spirit returns to protect her now-repenting lover from the Wilis, vengeful ghosts of young women jilted before their wedding day, who dance men to their deaths.
Ballet Ireland’s 21st century telling of this romantic classic reminds us of how it feels to have your heart broken, but still yearn to love.
Following Ballet Ireland’s hugely successful production of The Nutcracker in autumn/winter 2016, the company will tour with Giselle 22nd April – 27th May with this new Irish production performed by an international cast of world-class dancers.
The thirteen venue tour will begin with a week at Project Arts Centre Dublin, running from 22nd-29th April.
Choreography: Ludovic Ondivela
Design: Maree Kearns
Music: Adolphe Adam
Additional composition and sound design: Tom Lane and Rob Moloney
Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Sat 22 – Sat 29 April, 8pm
Tickets: €20 / €16 conc.
Booking: (01) 8819 613 / projectartscentre.ie
Civic Theatre, Tallaght
Fri 5 – Sat 6 May, 8pm
Tickets: €20 & €16 conc. & €12 for under 12’s
Booking: (01) 462 7477 / civictheatre.ie
Sat 20 May, 8pm
Tickets: €20/ €16 conc./ €12 (under 12s)
Booking: 01 885 2622 / draiocht.ie
Mermaid Arts Centre
Wed 24 May, 8pm
Tickets: €22 / €20 conc. Family ticket €75 (4 people)
Booking: (01) 272 4030 / mermaidartscentre.ie
The tour, supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dance Ireland, will also visit numerous other venues throughout the country, including Limerick, Cork, Wexford, and Longford. Full details on the Ballet Ireland website.
BALLET IRELAND presents both traditional full-length classics and new commissioned ballets which resonate with audiences of the 21st century. The originality of Ballet Ireland’s work has attracted a company of highly trained international dancers, who are recognised by audiences and critics for their individual style and razor sharp technique.
Established in 1998 by Gunther Falusy and Anne Maher, the company performs in large scale theatres in Dublin and provincial venues throughout Ireland. Touring affords the opportunity for regional audiences to access and enjoy professional ballet and to inspire young and talented students all over Ireland.
In addition to professional performances, Ballet Ireland are champions of cultivating future talent. The company’s summer schools, held in theatres throughout the country, provide aspiring young students with week-long workshops. These workshops culminate in onstage performances with dancers from the company. Throughout the year there are additional programmes for primary and secondary school students, both for those with and without formal training. These opportunities create unforgettable experiences for the participants and their families.
All photos courtesy Ballet Ireland, © Luca Truffarelli